Newfoundland's Workers' Compensation Legislation: Constitutional and Conflict of Laws Issues Arising from Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration


  • Errol P. Mendes



Energy Law, Petroleum Law


In the light of the "Ocean Ranger" marine disaster off the coast of Newfoundland in February, 1982, this article examines three aspects of the legal regime governing workers' claims arising from offshore accidents: whether Newfoundland's Workers' Compensation Act may constitutionally be applied to such claims; the effect of conflict of laws rules upon the availability of alternative tort actions in Canadian jurisdictions; and the availability of alternative actions in United States courts. In an appendix, the author draws attention to recent legislative developments in this field.